Magazine
They're Here: Global Warming's Unlikely Harbingers

July 19, 2004

Mountain pine beetles are attacking more forests and more varieties of trees — and thriving at higher elevations than ever before — and some scientists believe global climate change is at the root of the problem. Also in this issue: A recent Supreme Court ruling in a Utah wilderness lawsuit will limit the ability of citizens to sue the government over how its agencies manage natural resources.

Feature

Global Warming's Unlikely Harbingers
Mountain pine beetles are attacking more forests and more varieties of trees — and thriving at higher elevations than ever before — and some scientists believe global climate change is at the root of the problem

Editor's Note

The people who care about HCN
This issue features three pages of letters from readers, weighing in on High Country News’ editorial approach to the Bush administration’s environmental policies
Hot Times - Global Warming in the West
Global Warming is showing up in the West, in everything from receding glaciers to shrinking pika habitat

Uncommon Westerners

Scientific Principle: Klamath whistleblower throws in the towel
The biologist who blew the whistle on the National Marine Fisheries Service over Klamath River fish kill, resigns from his agency to protest the triumph of politics over science.

Essays

Roadkill is a right and a privilege, and don't you forget it
A judge’s ruling proves you can get a free lunch – at least, if you live in northern Idaho, and you like to eat roadkill

Dear Friends

Dear friends
HCN’s summer visitors; corrections; Canyon Country Zephyr and Four Corners Free Press thrive

News

Supreme Court reins in citizens' right to sue
A recent Supreme Court ruling in a Utah wilderness lawsuit will limit the ability of citizens to sue the government over how its agencies manage natural resources
Follow-up
Earth Liberation Front claims responsibility for West Jordan, Utah, lumberyard arson; Nuclear Regulatory Commission won’t listen to concerns about New Mexico’s proposed uranium-enrichment plant; warm waters in the Klamath may cause huge fish kill
BLM gags an archaeologist to get out the gas
BLM archaeologist Blaine Miller says that a slew of new oil and gas projects could harm spectacular Indian rock art and ruins in Utah’s Nine Mile Canyon
Wanted: Leak-proof dumps
Because arid Wyoming built landfills without liners, at least 21 of the state’s dumps are now leaking dangerous chemicals into groundwater
Mowing down pollution
California tackles air pollution caused by gas-guzzling power lawn mowers
Timber company collides with gas drillers
Conservationists have struck a deal with Tembec Inc., a progressive Canadian timber company, to protect land west of Glacier and Waterton Lakes national parks from coalbed methane drilling
Drilling done right?
Ted Turner's Northern New Mexican Vermejo Park Ranch is a showcase for "responsible" gas development, but critics fear the neighboring Valle Vidal won’t get the same five-star treatment.
Of global warming and White House elephants
The Bush administration needs to start dealing with global climate change, and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger may help to point the way
Calendar

Book Reviews

King of Fish, Slave to Man
In King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon, David Montgomery documents the death of Atlantic salmon, and points out that the same threats and challenges face salmon recovery around the world
Oceans need a sea change
New reports from the United States Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Oceans Commission agree that America’s oceans are over-fished, polluted, and in desperate need of new management policies

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Masai warriors meet Arizona ranchers; Cosimo Cavallaro’s hammy art; anti-gambling protest gets nasty; in wealthy Teton County, Wyo., Jackson’s Tiki Taxi thrives; Newsweek’s strange idea of "budget travel"; mountain biker vs. mountain lion; and Great Salt

Letters

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